EDF3175 - Outdoor environments, education and sustainability - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Beau Miles


Beau Miles

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




This unit develops critical understandings of key concepts and issues in sustainability, education for sustainability, and sustainable development. It adopts a place-responsive approach to developing understandings of sustainability and sustainable practices, including management strategies for specific outdoor environments that variously attempt to conserve, preserve, prevent, change or balance particular interactions and uses. The unit draws on the lenses of outdoor education, experiential education and environmental education, and considers their contributions to 'eco-pedagogy'. Topics draw on investigations of creative and critical teaching and learning about culture-nature concepts and relationships, complemented by local field and professional examples to develop practices and capabilities for designing and assessing a range of 'eco-pedagogies'.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand key concepts, issues and theories associated with educating for sustainability
  2. engage learners and communities in education for a more equitable and sustainable world
  3. develop, design and implement a range of eco-pedagogic approaches to education in outdoor environments
  4. evaluate and articulate the efficacy of eco-pedagogic practices.


Small group project: Eco-pedagogies and environmental design (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Essay: Eco-identity, sustainability and ethics (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • workshops: 24 hours over the semester
  2. Additional requirements:
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester, engaging with online material, readings, revision, assignment work and other study

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